Date
10 December 2016
Andrew Leung says he has now decided to wait for a court verdict before allowing two newly-elected radical lawmakers from retaking their oaths. Photo: RTHK
Andrew Leung says he has now decided to wait for a court verdict before allowing two newly-elected radical lawmakers from retaking their oaths. Photo: RTHK

Legco boss defers oath-taking of localist duo until court ruling

The president of the Legislative Council, Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, said on Tuesday that he has decided to defer the repeat oath-taking of Sixtus “Baggio” Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching.

The Legco chief announced that the swearing-in of the newly-elected lawmakers from the localist group Youngspiration will not take place until a legal challenge over the issue is resolved.

He said he will wait until the High Court gives a ruling on his decision to allow the two legislators-elect a second chance to take their oaths of office, RTHK reports.

Andrew Leung said it is his constitutional duty to ensure that the Legco functions smoothly.

The decision came after pro-establishment lawmakers had made it clear they will scuttle a Legco meeting on Wednesday to prevent Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching from retaking their oaths.

The oaths taken by the Youngspiration duo on Oct. 12 were declared invalid as they displayed a cape that stated “Hong Kong is not China” and used words that were deemed derogatory to the mainland.

Following the inappropriate behavior, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying joined a chorus of calls urging the Legco chief to deal with the matter in a prudent manner.

On Tuesday, speaking before an Executive Council meeting, the city’s top leader warned of far-reaching repercussions between Hong Kong and the mainland if the matter is not dealt with quickly.

He continued to attack Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching for insulting China during their oath-taking two weeks ago.

Oaths should be taken solemnly and in accordance with the law, the chief executive said, noting that the Youngspiration duo had violated the rules.

Insulting the mainland during oath-taking is definitely not acceptable, CY Leung said, warning of detrimental consequences if the problem is not rectified soon.

“I’m afraid it will have a profound impact, because it will affect Beijing’s perception of Hong Kong, and will affect the relationship between people here and on the mainland,” Leung said, according to RTHK.

Leung had launched a legal challenge to prevent the Youngspiration members from retaking their oaths. A court declined a request for interim injunction, but set a Nov. 3 hearing date for a judicial review.

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